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The single most important feature every Android Wear user should know about

Published Dec 24th, 2014 7:05PM EST
Best Android Wear Features
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If you find an Android Wear device under your tree this year, the very first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you know how to control which apps are allowed to send you notifications. After all, if your wrist vibrated every time someone favorited one of your tweets, you’d get pretty annoyed very quickly.

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Thankfully, there’s an easy way to handle this. CNET notes that Google has recently made it much easier for Android Wear users to block apps from sending them an endless stream of irritating notifications on their watches and other devices.

Here’s how it works: When an application sends a notification to your watch, you can swipe to the left until you come to a screen that says “Block App.” Tapping on the display and then clicking “yes” to confirm then means the app is blocked and won’t be sending you any more unwanted notifications.

This streamlined process is much easier than the old process, which CNET says “required you to launch the Android Wear companion app on an Android device, tap a few buttons and then add an app (or 10) to the blocked list.”


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.